Despite the number of web shops that the Netherlands already knows, there are still people who would like to start a new webshop. Because the webshop software is becoming easier, the webshop owner does not need to know a programming code, more and more private individuals are starting their own webshop.
Hobbymatig eg to start their own antique or old comic books webshop, or really as an entrepreneur with the prospect that the webshop should be able to provide for living and if possible just a little bit more.
Software developers and web designers obviously like to respond to this. There are now hundreds of different internet shop software companies that help start a web store. Each with their own webshop software. This makes it difficult for a private person looking for a cheap and easy system to make a good choice with which to start the webshop.
In this article, we, therefore, discuss the most popular software and frequently asked questions about internet entrepreneurs who want to start an online store.
1. – Can anyone just start a web store?
In most cases though. There are exceptions that, if you think about it, are quite logical. Not everyone can just start a butcher’s shop, shooting club or demolition company because this could have legal consequences and selling online meat, weapons or demolition orders is of course included. But for the most part, no compulsory permits are required.
Enrolling the company at the Chamber of Commerce may be an exception, but even this is not always mandatory. If you start small, for instance by some online selling through an online marketplace or other high-traffic sites then you can do this in the Tax income specify as other income. You can therefore not make use of the special start-up schemes and have to think of your risks well in advance.
Always keep in mind that a professional hobby does not become a secretive evasion of mandatory regulatory pressure. Selling something at an auction or marketplace can be a great hobby, but if you are really going to sell via your own webshop and if visitors and customers experience your webshop as a company, the government will want you to behave accordingly.
If you are doing business and something goes wrong, the judge may judge you according to business law. Even if you do not have a Chamber of Commerce registration. In addition, there is legislation relating to your website if you sell articles on this. Especially if you sell to your webshop to consumers you are bound by rules.
If the turnover is a few hundred or a maximum of one thousand euros on an annual basis and visitors to your online store do not feel that they are visiting a company, it can still be explained as a hobby. So starting a web store is always possible. But if the turnover is higher or your webshop looks more professional and professional, it is advisable to ask for advice from an authority such as the Chamber of Commerce or an administrative office.
2. – What do you need to start a web store?
Difficult question 🙂 Not so much because starting up a web store is so difficult, but because it can be different for everyone. One thing that is important to know is that the most important factors are that you enjoy it, that you are a go-getter and that you learn from your mistakes. Be critical of yourself! Can you become an entrepreneur?
Regarding regulations or costs, everything for the start of a webshop is very important. For example, the mandatory costs are at most some web hosting and purchasing of your products, but the basic requirements are already there. The other things are optional. The larger your web store, the more costs, so a business plan is not superfluous even for starting a hobby webshop. But is not a requirement, without being allowed to.
Specifically, the only thing you need is:
- A domain name
- Web hosting
- Products or services
Yet this list is usually not complete. It is only sufficient if you allow customers to come along, accept cash payments and, above all, sell to acquaintances. Then you will be able to start soon. But usually if you want to start a webshop you also want people to pay and you will have to think about the logistics in advance. In other words, when do you buy something, where do you store it, how do you ship it and how do you deal with any items that are returned?
Have your customers paid online? Then the picture changes immediately because you receive privacy-sensitive information. For that purpose, a few rules have been drawn up about which the Dutch Data Protection Authority can tell you more. You will then also have to make your identity immediately clear and offer forms of contact.
For starting a web store is, therefore, little mandatory but by things that quickly come around the corner, sometimes so. And if you do not arrange it yourself, then the law book does that for you. And that in many cases gives the customer much more rights than you might expect.
For example, do not you name a return policy or terms and conditions and did the entire transaction take place online? Then a customer can turn back the complete purchase within three months. For most online stores this goes too far and so clearly they call a period when the customer gets his money back. This is then beautifully described as a service, but in fact, they limit the consumer in his rights.